Tag Archives: Ohio

Activist Jim Obergefell Launches Run For Ohio House

The Huffington Post reports: Jim Obergefell, who was at the center of the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized marriage equality in the United States, announced Tuesday that he is running for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. “We should all be able to participate fully in society and the economy, living in strong communities with great public …

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Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down New US House Map

The Columbus Dispatch reports: The Ohio Supreme Court struck down the state’s congressional district map Friday, saying Republicans violated the Ohio Constitution by drawing districts that favored GOP candidates. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor was, once again, a key vote in the 4-3 decision to reject the map, which could have given Republicans as much as a 12-3 …

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Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down GOP Redistricting

The Columbus Dispatch reports: The Ohio Supreme Court struck down GOP-drawn state House and Senate district maps as unconstitutional gerrymandering in a 4-3 decision Wednesday, sending the maps back to the drawing board. Advocates of redistricting reform hailed the decision as a resounding victory for Ohio voters who overwhelmingly approved changes to the state constitution to limit partisan line-drawing in …

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Cleveland’s Hospital Situation Among “Bleakest” In USA

The New York Times reports: In Cleveland, the Covid picture is one of the bleakest in the country. Intensive care units are crammed with patients with the Delta variant, with a surge of new Omicron infections looming. New infections in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, have grown by 234 percent in the past two weeks. Ohio, where 60 percent of …

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Cleveland Hospitals Beg For “Help” In Full-Page Ad

CTV News reports: “Help.”  That word, in big black letters and surrounded by white space, called out from Ohio’s largest newspaper — a desperate plea from six Cleveland-area medical systems facing a crush of COVID-19 cases. “We need your help,” read the bottom of the ad. “We now have more COVID-19 patients in our hospitals than ever before. And the …

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Ohio Summons National Guard To Help Hospitals

The Associated Press reports: Ohio today became the latest state to summon the National Guard to help overwhelmed medical facilities. Experts in Nebraska warned that its hospitals soon may need to ration care. Medical officials in Kansas and Missouri are delaying surgeries, turning away transfers and desperately trying to hire traveling nurses, as cases double and triple in an eerie …

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Anti-Vaxxers Lose Court Battle To Stop Ohio Lottery

Court News Ohio reports: The Ohio Supreme Court today rejected a group’s challenge to Gov. Mike DeWine’s “Vax-a-Million” lottery and his pandemic orders, finding the organization failed to meet the requirements to sue in the Supreme Court. A Supreme Court majority ruled Ohio Stands Up! lacked standing to request that the Court prohibit last spring’s series of $1 million giveaways …

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Cultist Protesters Shut Down Ohio GOP Meeting

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: An Ohio Republican Party Central Committee meeting ended abruptly Friday after raucous opponents of Gov. Mike DeWine in the audience refused to leave even after party officials brought in sheriff’s deputies. The decision to adjourn the meeting because of heckling and interruptions from the audience came after Ohio GOP Chair Bob Paduchik and other state …

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FBI Probes Lindell Acolyte In OH Election Data Breach

The Washington Post reports: Federal and state investigators are examining an attempt to breach an Ohio county’s election network that bears striking similarities to an incident in Colorado earlier this year, when government officials helped an outsider gain access to the county voting system in an effort to find fraud. Data obtained in both instances were distributed at an August …

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Catholic Priest Gets Life For Child Porn, Sex Trafficking

From the Department of Justice: Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Robert D. McWilliams, 41, of Strongsville, Ohio, was sentenced today by Judge Sara Lioi to life in prison. McWilliams, a Northeast Ohio-area Catholic Priest at the time of the offense conduct, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, three counts of sexual …

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Jordan Allies Rage Over Ohio GOP’s Redistricting Map

Fox News reports: Allies of Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan are furious with the state Senate GOP for potentially putting the prominent House Republican’s seat on the line in a proposed redistricting map, Fox News has learned. The Buckeye State’s Senate Republican Party proposed a redistricting map last week that turned heads and drew ire from Jordan’s allies. According to the …

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Ohio Republicans Intro “Texas-Style” Abortion Ban Bill

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: Ohio Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban all abortions in Ohio — going further than the Texas anti-abortion law argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. House Bill 480, co-sponsored by more than half of Ohio House Republicans, would ban all abortions in Ohio. Like the Texas law currently being considered by the …

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Pastor Forces School To Cancel Play With Gay Character

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: The fall play at a high school in southwest Ohio was canceled suddenly, reportedly because of concerns that a character in the play was gay. Students at Hillsboro High School still were in rehearsals for “She Kills Monsters,” which was scheduled to open in less than a month at the school’s new auditorium, WCPO Channel …

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Senate Candidate Josh Mandel: Election Was Stolen And “There’s No Such Thing” As Church/State Separation

Newsweek reports: Josh Mandel, one of the six Ohio Senate candidates who appeared on stage together for the first time on Sunday night, falsely claimed that the 2020 election was “stolen from Donald J. Trump” during a debate. “And I need to say something that I get attacked by the media for saying this, I get attacked by my opponents …

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GOP Attack Ads Highlight Vance’s Anti-Trump Past

Politico reports: Two super PACs have launched a nearly $1 million coordinated ad buy attacking “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance in Ohio, aiming to tear him down for his previous opposition to Donald Trump. Club for Growth Action and USA Freedom Fund, both of which back former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, are each spending $470,000 to make Republican primary voters …

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Ohio Apologizes For Backwards Wright Brothers Plate

The Associated Press reports: Ohio’s debut of its new license plate failed to take off — because a banner depicted on the plate was attached to the wrong end of the Wright Brothers’ historic first plane, the Wright Flyer. The new license plate illustrates rays of sunlight beaming into the sky, with a banner that reads “Birthplace of Aviation” draped …

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Ohio Republicans Move To Kill Anti-Vax Mandate Bill

The Associated Press reports: The Republican speaker of the Ohio House has once again put the brakes on a GOP bill restricting employers’ ability to require that workers receive the coronavirus vaccine. Speaker Bob Cupp is a Republican from Lima. His announcement Wednesday afternoon suggests House Bill 435 has little chance of passing the House in its current form. All …

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Senate Candidate Booted For Disrupting School Board

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel was escorted out of a Butler County school board meeting Monday evening after school officials said he staged an event to “disrupt a public meeting.” Mandel, a Republican from the Cleveland area, is running in a crowded primary to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. He paints himself as a fighter …

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Dems Likely To Sue Over Lopsided OH Redistricting

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved a four-year map for state House and Senate districts over the objections of Democrats shortly after Wednesday’s 11:59 p.m. deadline. The 5-2 vote along partisan lines came after hours of back-and-forth negotiations broke down. The final map gives Republicans a veto-proof majority. Republicans justified the maps by saying Ohioans …

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Ohio County Judge Reverses Order Forcing Hospital To Administer Dewormer To Intubated Anti-Vaccine Patient

The Ohio Capital Journal reports: A Butler County judge sided with a local hospital and reversed a previous court order forcing it to honor a prescription of ivermectin, which infectious disease experts have warned against as a COVID-19 treatment, for a patient who has spent weeks in the ICU with the disease. After two days of testimony and arguments, Common …

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